Where is the location of alert log file in oracle 11g ?

Posted: July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

This is very useful information when you have multiple databases residing on one server.

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We got questions about this, this is very easy to see location of this file.

SQL> select value from v$parameter where name='background_dump_dest';


-bash-3.2$ cd /u0/app/oracle/diag/rdbms/orcl/orcl/trace
-bash-3.2$ ls
alert_orcl.log       orcl_j001_25686.trm  orcl_ora_20641.trc

or in SQL *PLUS

SQL> show parameter background_dump_dest

To find the location of the diagnostic_dest, can use the following select

SQL> select value from v$parameter where name='diagnostic_dest';


To know the current ORACLE_SID, you can use following select:

SQL> select instance_name from v$instance;


Alert log file consist alert_<SID_NAME>.log

Therefore my alert log file is : /u0/app/oracle/diag/rdbms/orcl/orcl/trace/alert_orcl.log

good luck.

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  1. aitor says:

    Sometimes, the database is off and we need to find the alert log.

    in unix/linux environments:
    find / -name alert*log -mtime -1/12

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